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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Rugby World Cup bans Scottish fans' bagpipes - Telegraph

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They have inspired Scottish warriors and sportsmen since the days of ancient clan battles. They were even used to instil courage in British troops on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, but it appears the Scottish rugby team may have to do without them as it does battle at the World Cup in New Zealand.

Over-zealous officials are said to have banned bagpipes from the terraces amid fears that they could distract Scotland's opponents - despite the fact that they have featured in previous tournaments around the world.

The row has prompted one piper who flew to New Zealand to perform at Scotland matches to pen a letter of complaint to the Kiwi prime minister John Key.
Shona Robison, the Scottish Sports Minister, has also intervened with an official request to the organisers to overturn the bizarre ruling.

Matthew Strachan, 32, a GP from Aberdeenshire, said yesterday: "After spending considerable money getting to New Zealand to support my country I was shocked to hear bagpipes were not allowed in the stadiums.

Lets ban the Haka.

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